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Article published 29/11/2021

First Minister briefing

On Monday (29 November) the First Minister held a media briefing following the emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant – of which six cases have been identified in Scotland. Read the full statement on the Scottish Government website.

The First Minister asked that everyone significantly step up and increase compliance with all existing precautions - face coverings, hygiene like washing hands and surfaces, getting vaccinated and testing regularly with lateral flow devices - and to now test before mixing socially with people from other households.

She also reminded people to work from home if possible and asked employers to make sure they are maximising the potential of home working.

International travel

In line with the rest of the UK, the red list of countries has been reinstated and to date 10 countries from Southern Africa have been added. This will be kept under review.

Anybody travelling back to Scotland from those 10 countries must enter managed quarantine for 10 days on their arrival.

In addition, any vaccinated traveller arriving in Scotland from anywhere outside the common travel area, will need to self-isolate until they get a negative result from a PCR test taken on the second day after arrival.

The rules for people who are not fully vaccinated will stay the same.

More information on international travel and quarantine

Read statement from Cabinet Secretary for Health Humza Yousaf.